After receiving many emails and calls from people that have been victims of a Census Scam, I can not express enough the importance of reading the following article!
Posted March 15, 2010
Along with the many benefits of the Census come some privacy risks. While Privacy Rights Clearinghouse does not focus on Census issues as one of its core missions, we encourage you to visit the website of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC). EPIC has extensive resources about the Census posted at http://epic.org/privacy/census/.Census Scams. There have been reports of scammers attempting to defraud the public by posing as Census workers. The Census potentially presents an opportunity for con artists to collect personal information about you to commit fraud. Typically, scammers will seek to obtain information such as your Social Security number or financial information. Don’t fall for the trap! Keep the following tips in mind to make sure that you don’t fall prey to a scammer:
- The Census will not contact you by email. Do not respond to any email claiming to be from the Census.
- You cannot complete the Census online. Never enter your personal Census information on any website.
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